H1N1 vaccine available in the area

Posted by Debra Worley - email

SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) - The health departments in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties have received a limited supply of the H1N1 vaccine.

The first shipment to Brunswick County is the nasal spray form, but more vaccine including injectable will be shipped weekly.

Brunswick County residents can call (910) 253-2344 to make an appointment.  Leave your name and phone number, and a staff member will call you back with a date and time to come to the health department.

New Hanover County residents can call (910) 798-6646 to make an appointment.

The New Hanover County Health Department expects to receive H1N1 vaccine allotments on a weekly basis.

Certain groups of people are more at-risk for severe illness if they become infected with H1N1 influenza.

Priority will be given to the following groups to receive the H1N1 injectable vaccine when it first becomes available:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 6 months of age
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
  • People from 6 months through 24 years of age
  • People aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of complications from influenza which include:
  • Chronic diseases of the lungs (including asthma), heart (except hypertension), kidney, liver, blood (including sickle cell disease), brain or nervous system, muscles (particularly those that cause difficulty with swallowing) or metabolism (including diabetes mellitus)
  • Immunosuppression (weakened immune system) including that caused by medications or by HIV

Although our older population is more at-risk to become infected with seasonal influenza, the H1N1 influenza has been seen predominantly in the younger age group.

At this time, the CDC does not expect that there will be a shortage of the H1N1 vaccine.  .

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